As far as recent local infrastructure goes, few if any are as impressive visually as the recently-opened Cebu Cordova-Link Expressway (CCLEX) down south.
With a picturesque view of the waters surrounding Cebu City and Mactan Island, frankly, you couldn’t ask for a prettier stretch of road to drive on. CCLEX is more than just a postcard-worthy bridge, though. The structure is also poised to drastically alleviate Cebu City’s worsening traffic situation, as well as cut travel times between Cebu’s industrial zones and Mactan Island.
Is CCLEX going to be the game-changer the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) constantly trumpeting it will be? Well, below is everything you need to know about the new piece of infrastructure. Read on, and let us know in the comments what you think.
How long is it?
CCLEX spans a total of 8.9km in length, connecting Cebu City to Mactan Island over the Mactan Channel and through the municipality of Cordova. It has a clearance of 51 meters—high enough for larger ships and vessels to pass underneath it—and is also the Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation’s (MPTC) first-ever toll road outside of Luzon Island.
CCLEX also includes on and off ramps connecting the expressway to the Cebu South Coastal Road (CSCR) and a viaduct heading to a causeway in Barangay Pilippog, Cordova. The entire expressway is expected to cater to around 50,000 vehicles per day.
How much did it cost to build
According to the country’s Public-Private Partnership Center official website, the Cebu-Cordova Toll Bridge Project had a total project cost of P27.9 billion. The figure covers the design and construction of CCLEX’s main bridge structure, viaduct, causeway, roadway, and other components. It was originally supposed to open last year.
How much is the toll?
The Local Toll Regulatory Council (LTRC) approved the following CCLEX toll rates in late April. Look:
CCLEX toll fees
- Class 1 vehicles (cars, jeepneys, small vans, motorcycles) – P90
- Class 1 vehicles above seven feet in height – P180
- Class 2 vehicles (light trucks, tourist/school/public utility buses) – P180
- Class 3 vehicles (heavy and multi-axle trucks and trailers) – P270
Can I pay in cash?
At the moment, the answer is yes. Motorists are still allowed to pay in cash. CCLEX management is stressing, however, that the expressway will shift to a fully electronic toll system that utilizes RFIDs come June 2022. Cash is only being accepted right now to give car owners more time to have an RFID installed on their vehicles. And speaking of having RFIDs installed on your vehicles...
Where can I have an RFID for CCLEX installed?
There are currently five CCLEX RFID installation sites available, but you must schedule an appointment at cclex.com.ph. All of them are open from Monday to Friday. Check out their schedules below:
CCLEX RFID installation sites
- Pueblo Verde - 9am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday
- SM Seaside City - 9am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday
- Robinsons Galleria - 9am to 6pm Monday to Saturday
- Parkmall - 9am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday
- Gaisano Country Mall - 10am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday
Can motorcycles use it?
Yes, motorcycles are allowed to ply CCLEX. Want even more good news? Management has announced that motorbikes with a displacement as low as 125cc will be permitted to enter the expressway by July this year.
What about pedestrians and cyclists?
Yes, bicycles and pedestrians will also be able to enter CCLEX—not the expressway itself, mind you, but either of the 1.5-meter wide pedestrian/bike lanes located on both sides of the structure. These are scheduled to be opened to the public at the same time 125cc motorcycles are given the go signal to enter, so just wait until around July 2022.
What is the speed limit?
CCLEX is built to support speeds of up to 80kph, but expressway management is currently implementing a 60kph speed limit as part of initial safety precautions. Stopping anywhere along the expressway is also prohibited, so don’t hop out to take photos.
More photos of the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway
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